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|JANUARY 9, 2021
|JAZZ SINGER KATHERINE FARNHAM WINS 7TH GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Billboard charting, internationally acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter/pianist Katherine ‘KOOL KAT’ Farnham won her seventh Global Music Award honor for her single “Besame Mucho”. The single features Four-Time Grammy Nominee Denny Jiosa as Guest Artist and guitarist. The track is from Farnham’s upcoming LP “Love Philosophy”. It features a Grammy winning production team and a Steinway grand piano.
Farnham has been compared to such artists as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Diana Krall and Sarah Vaughan. She has recorded with legendary saxophonist and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, Grammy nominees Mindi Abair and Denny Jiosa and Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Famer Darrell Leonard.
She earned the love of fans and jazz aficionados alike with her unique and retitled arrangement ‘My Funky Valentine’. Jazz Weekly says, “Farnham adds some backbeat to a clever read of a standard in ‘My Funky Valentine’ and her voice is rich and strongly confident.” Two-Time Emmy Nominee and Celebrity Radio Host Philip Silverstone captured her essence raving, “absolutely brilliant. Kool Kat is doing for jazz what Clapton did for the blues – bringing it to the mainstream.”
Katherine has appeared on Good Morning America, sung live on NBC 6 and Telemundo and toured throughout the US and abroad. She has performed at festivals including the Hub City Jazz Festival outside New York City, and on stages with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz. She has even inspired audiences with her formidable courage at major sporting events such as The Ericsson Open where she was the only female artist, The Miami Marathon and national tour dates for NASCAR.
In addition to this Global Music Award medal for “Besame Mucho”, Farnham also received an HG Radio Nomination in Mexico for “Cantante Femenina del Año” for her original song “Eternidad” featuring Latin Grammy winner and renowned flutist Nestor Torres.
A third generation musician, Farnham possesses a world-class musical legacy. She began performing as leading lady in a school play at the age of five, and gave her first jazz vocal solo performance a few months later. She studied with her mother, a concert pianist, educator and vocal coach for The Sante Fe Opera.
The singer/songwriter/pianist’s intense passion and skill have resulted in many accolades, including a Billboard-charting hit for “Necessary Groove”. In addition to her seven Global Music Award wins, she is a Los Angeles Music Award winner and was named the top Female Singer/ Songwriter in the entire quarter century run of the awards show. She also has been honored with the prestigious Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award, a Rotary Outstanding Award and recently was one of the youngest recipients of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Farnham is a summa cum laude grad of Berklee College of Music.
The values expressed on “Love Philosophy” integrate perfectly with the needs of audiences worldwide right now as well as with her longtime humanitarian endeavors. A passionate educator, she taught Jazz and Music Theater Voice at several universities and served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Voice Judge for the Los Angeles Music Center’s Annual Spotlight Awards, alongside several Broadway veterans.
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New SYD BARRETT Tribute Celebrates 50 Years Since The Release of “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett”
“LOVE YOU – a tribute to SYD BARRETT” celebrates 50 years since the release of “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett”. The double CD box will be released by the prestigious English label Gonzo Multimedia on the 6th of January, 2021. 75 years exactly from Syd’s birth. “LOVE YOU” is a song recorded by Syd in 1970. It’s included in “Barrett”, the second solo album of his.
The new tribute also includes two particularly significant bonus tracks too: “Astronomy Dominé” and “Vegetable Man” characterizing the beginning and the end of Syd’s Floydian era.
Every single note in these two CD’s has been expressed with love. Love shown by the artists who took part by arranging Syd’s music in their own way.
Our project is to collect, for the first time, all the songs Syd Barrett recorded after his experience with Pink Floyd. To realize it we invited many artists from various parts of the world – Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland, UK, USA, Sweden, Japan, Belgium Germany, The Netherlands – and asked them to choose one song and rearrange it in their own way.
Among them and without detracting from the others, we would like to mention:
Luca Ferrari: journalist and writer; one of the first in the world to publish fanzines, articles and books about Syd.
Dave Harris: former lead singer of “Fashion” he is well known to Pink Floyd fans thanks to ZEE:IDENTITY, the album he released in 1984 – and recently reprinted – together with Pink Floyd’s keyboard player Richard Wright.
John Cavanagh: Voiceover artist, broadcaster, musician, record producer, writer and performer. He is the author of the book “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” about the making of the first Pink Floyd album. The book was published in 2003 in the UK and then translated in many languages; Italian and Chinese among them.
Men On The Border: Swedish band devoted to Syd’s repertoire. In 2016 they took part in “Syd Barrett – A Celebration Concert” at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge.
Boris Savoldelli: a gifted vocal performer who is always challenging his “vocal instrument” with new and original ways of singing.
Dario Antonetti: musician from 1984 to today with Kryptästhesie, Gli Acidi Tonanti, Effetto Doppler, Inossidabile Orchestra Valsecchi, La Svolta Psichedelica, La Forma delle Nuvole. Producer of The Vegetable Man Project (a tribute to Syd Barrett focused on the song “Vegetable Man.” Lots of artists from all over the world took part and rearranged the song in their own way. 6 CD’s and a 10” vinyl EP were released between 2002 and 2009).
Nino Gatti: for 40 years historian, expert, biographer and collector of Pink Floyd. He has published fanzines and collaborated with various publications both in Italy and abroad. Author of several books about Pink Floyd and their members, both in his own name and together with The Lunatics. His activity also covers many websites devoted to the band.
On the artwork side:
Ian Barrett: Syd’s nephew; he is a fine visual artist and Jewellery designer. He creates unique jewels using meteorites, fossils and other rare materials.
Matteo Regattin: author of the beautiful graphic novel “Syd Barrett Jugband Blues. A graphic trip on the tracks of Syd Barrett”.
We would like to mention every single musician involved in this tribute, of course. Thanks to their passionate contribution this project has become true.
1 – TERRAPIN – ANDREA ACHILLI (Italy)
2 – NO GOOD TRYING – LUNA PARK (France)
3 – LOVE YOU – EUGENE (Italy)
4 – NO MAN’S LAND – HUMUS (Mexico)
5 – DARK GLOBE – BLUEMOSAIKO (Italy)
6 – HERE I GO – MAX ZARUCCHI (Italy)
7 – OCTOPUS – SHERPA (Italy)
8 – GOLDEN HAIR – IN THE LABYRINTH (Sweden)
9 – LONG GONE – BARYOGENESIS (Italy)
10 – SHE TOOK A LONG COLD LOOK – ALANJEMAAL (Italy)
11 – FEEL – HIS MAJESTY THE BABY (Italy)
12 – IF IT’S IN YOU – HENRIETTA AND THE FIVES (Italy)
13 – LATE NIGHT – DUNCAN MAITLAND (Ireland)
14 – OPEL – GALERIE 65 (USA)
15 – DOLLY ROCKER – THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Italy)
16 – WORD SONG – QUARTO STATO DELLA MATERIA (Italy)
17 – SWAN LEE – HIBUSHIBIRE (Japan)
18 – LET’S SPLIT – MICHELE GENTILE (Italy)
19 – TWO OF A KIND – DAVE HARRIS & ZEUS B HELD (UK)
20 – ASTRONOMY DOMINE – BORIS SAVOLDELLI & UMBERTO PETRIN (Italy)
1 – BABY LEMONADE – ST 37 (USA)
2 – LOVE SONG – LA FORMA DELLE NUVOLE (Italy)
3 – DOMINOES – SULA BASSANA (Germany)
4 – IT IS OBVIOUS – STEREOKIMONO (Italy)
5 – RATS – PHOSPHENE (UK)
6 – MAISIE – THEEUNFORESEEN (Belgium)
7 – GIGOLO AUNT – THE AIRWAVES (Sweden)
8 – WAVING MY ARMS IN THE AIR / I NEVER LIED TO YOU – LUCA RAIO (Italy)
9 – WINED AND DINED – KABLE (USA)
10 – WOLFPACK – KEEPER OF ATLANTIS (USA)
11 – EFFERVESCING ELEPHANT – BOTTI & PAVONI from GREENWALL (Italy)
12 – BIRDIE HOP – TRESPASSERS W (The Netherlands)
13 – LANKY PART 1 – ALFREDO LONGO feat. SEBA PAVIA
14 – MILKY WAY – MEN ON THE BORDER (Sweden)
15 – BOB DYLAN BLUES – JOSS COPE (UK)
16 – RHAMADAN – MORNING SCALES THE MOUNTAIN (USA)
17 – VEGETABLE MAN – NICK BENSEN (USA)
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Lansky, a MacArthur fellow, is credited with not only single-handedly rescuing the rich world of Yiddish literature from its path toward near extinction in the mid twentieth century but also with making that literature accessible worldwide through the massive digitization and translation projects he launched through the Yiddish Book Center. When the Center began, experts estimated that 70,000 Yiddish books were still extant and recoverable. The Center’s young staff surpassed that number in six months and went on to recover more than a million volumes—some lovingly handed to them by their original owners, others rescued at the last minute from demolition sites and dumpsters. Books have been found in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, England, France, South Africa, Australia, and other countries around the world. Thousands of additional volumes continue to be collected each year. In 2014, the Yiddish Book Center was awarded a National Medal for Museums and Libraries, the nation’s highest medal conferred on a museum or library, at a White House ceremony.
“A Romantic’s Guide To King Crimson” by The Mastelottos Featuring Drum Legend Pat Mastelotto!
Valentine’s Day 2021 delivers an unexpected and welcome surprise with the release of “A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson,” the new 12-track album of reinvented King Crimson material by the husband-and-wife duo Deborah and Pat Mastelotto. The collection, which spans the band’s entire history, revisits classics including “Matte Kudasai,” “Heartbeat,” “Moonchild,” “Elephant Talk,” “Peace,” “Exiles,” and “Sleepless.”
Pat Mastelotto is an American rock drummer and record producer who has worked with King Crimson, Mr. Mister, XTC, The Rembrandts and many others. Pat has served as one of King Crimson’s drummers from 1995 to the present day. This album resulted from Pat’s observations and Deborah’s insights made after she intermittently joined Pat on tour as part of the King Crimson entourage from 2008 onwards.
“It’s always been a joke in the King Crimson camp that there’s never a line for the women’s restrooms during intermissions,” said Deborah. “King Crimson plays loud and it’s often intense and raucous. But it can also be haunting and melodic, with some of the most beautiful lyrics ever. We wanted to help uncover that sweetness and introduce the songs to a different type of audience with ‘A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson.’”
“The album has amazing contributions from all the musicians involved, especially the TOAPP (Three of a Perfect Pair Music Masters Camp) artists,” said Pat. “We experimented together and since they were already lifelong Crim Heads, they were totally into reconfiguring the classic performances or developing totally new parts. So, get ready. You’ll hear some fantastic detail in their playing.”
The recording features material they chose and arranged together with lead vocals by Deborah, a creative Tour de Force in her own right, and with Pat drumming and producing.
“We compiled King Crimson songs and searched for the romanticism in them, then rearranged them,” said Deborah. “The addition of a girl singer automatically changes the feel of those songs and places them in a different genre. Our idea is to create a way for people, especially women, to appreciate the beauty of King Crimson’s music without the fear and sometimes resistance attached to the word ‘prog’ getting in the way. We slow the songs way down and strip them back to their essential lyrics and melodies.”
“In the Crimson tradition, we approached every song as if it was brand new,” said Pat. “At first, it involved tinkering with 20-plus songs in hotel rooms using iPhone apps to choose what worked best for us. We first focused on the lyrics. The words had to resonate and the arrangements had to develop a prog-meets-pop twist to meet my hopes. We had no desire to duplicate the original arrangements. In fact, just the opposite. I was trying to discover where else they could go to expose sweetness, sort of like the old days of cassettes and giving a loved one a mixtape. It’s a gift to fans and a family of former Crims.“
The Mastelottos started the recordings in 2019 by inviting the Texas TOAPP alumni, including members of the Houston symphony, to record in Pat’s home studio in the Texas Hill Country. After a quick trip to Nagoya for his one and only live gig of 2020, which yielded the live Stick Men album “Owari,” Pat returned and spent months with Deborah during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown finishing the project. The result is an album full of lush nuance and ornamentation designed to put listeners in a meditative and buoyant mood.
“The lockdown resulted in a year of cancelled shows, which gave us time to realize the album,” said Pat. “This grand reboot of humanity made being a couple all the more important, nurturing relationships with people we love, gardening and doing home projects while creating this album together was a beautiful experience.”
“2020 has given us the longest period of consecutive days, weeks and months we’ve ever spent together,” said Deborah. “Our close proximity enabled a continuous dialog and working environment, so we never had to break the creative flow.”
“Working from home meant we could take the listening experience from the studio to the car to the bedroom…to test drive…so to speak,” added Pat.
“Heat up the hot tub, fluff your pillows and head to the softer side of the bed for the pinkest Crimson ever”
1. Two Hands
2. Matte Kudasai
5. Inner Garden
6. One Time (Eyes Wide Open)
8. Book Of Saturday
10. Elephant Talk
TOAPP musicians Appearing on the record:
From other parts of the world:
Kara Day Spurlock
Additional musicians and engineers:
Cover Art: Ana Fuentes
Design: Denis Rodier
Released February 14, 2021
Streaming + Download
Pre-order of A Romantic’s Guide To King Crimson. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Limited Edition Compact Disc
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
Comes in a 6-panel gatefold card case designed by Denis Rodier with paintings by international artist Ana Fuentes.
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